Arrozal, GGP and Sul América - Sustainable Carbon
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Arrozal, GGP and Sul América

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The Arrozal, GGP and Sul América ceramic factories, located in Rio de Janeiro state, previously used heavy crude oil to fire their ceramic pieces. The latter is a fossil fuel derived from petrol, which emits soot when burnt, damaging the respiratory system. Furthermore, heavy oil is highly polluting and contributes to global warming. In response to this, the ceramic factories decided in 2006 to switch their fuel to renewable biomass (a clean source of energy) to run their kilns. Apart from reducing GHG emissions and, consequently, generating carbon credits, this switch promotes sustainable development in the surrounding community.

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Project location

Três Rios e Itaboraí (RJ), Brazil

Project Type

Renewable Biomass


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Major Cobenefit

Education and Culture




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To promote healthy food and cultivate good values among employees, GGP offers a vegetable- garden course for the workers and the community. According to Alice, Partner of the GGP factory, “The aim of the course goes beyond teaching gardening techniques, we also want the students to have the entire gardening experience, from preparing the soil to consumption”. The products are used by the school and its pupils, who can take food home with them. Today, GGP also gives a literacy course in the same school for workers and community members who are interested in participating. The first year, with 20 students, graduated in 2013. “The satisfaction of knowing that we have improved quality of life for our workers is something that has no price forme” concludes Alice.

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SOCIALCARBON Standard Performance

The hexagon demonstrates the continuous improvement of the project during all verification periods. The Social Carbon Standard encourages the reinvestment of a percentage of the income from the carbon credits in socioenvironmental benefits, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Social Carbon: far beyond carbon, it is social equality.

To calculate the Hexagon, the average of the values of each resource per point of the projects was made.

Social Carbon is a very cool project, as it is showing us opportunities and we generate opportunities for other people. With the project, instead of closing a school, we were able to revitalize it, which is very good for our community.

— Alice Vicente - Director of GGP Ceramic


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